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We at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic are huge advocates for scoliosis self-correction and treatment through exercise!

If you're suffering because of your scoliosis, there are a lot of things you can do to relieve pain and prevent your spinal curve from worsening. One of these things is active self-correction (ASC), just one of the many treatment methods that make up our ScolioGold therapy programme.

Active self-correction is often referred to as the scientific exercise approach to scoliosis treatment. It involves a series of movements designed to stabilise the scoliosis curvature. Our ScolioGold therapists teach you how to actively self-correct by standing you in front of a mirror and showing you how you can physically unbend and de-rotate the curve in your spine.

 

Active Self-Correction

As much as we'd love to teach you how to actively correct your scoliosis with a few simple instructions, every spine is unique, and each patient needs to be taught how to correct their own curvature. See one of our patients actively self-correcting their scoliosis curvature in this video:

You can see how this patient's spine moves into a much better position with a few simple, conscious movements. These movements are often called:

  • Activation - 'unlocks' the curvature from its resting position
  • Correction - encourages the spine to sit in a more healthy position
  • Repetition - 'locks' the straighter spine in place (this involves retraining the postural control centre in the brain to accept the 'fixed' position)

Now that our patient knows how to get into this position, they will be able to actively correct their curvature over and over again, until it becomes a more natural sitting and standing position.

See more examples of scoliosis self-correction on our Instagram highlights:

See Our Patients Performing ASC >

 

Posture Awareness

Part of active self-correction is developing a better awareness of your posture. We've written numerous blogs about the effects of bad posture on your spine, and unfortunately, people with and without scoliosis fall foul of poor posture all the time. Whether you work in an office, play a musical instrument or make frequent long journeys, you're often susceptible to slouching and (potentially) damaging your spine.

Scoliosis self-correction teaches you to be continually aware of your posture, actively moving and straightening to create a straighter and stronger spine. There are a whole host of postural exercises that you can do to help improve your spinal position - of course, you'll need to practice these exercises regularly if you want to see a significant improvement. Most posture-correcting exercises can be done at home and without any equipment!

Posture-Improving Exercises >

 

If you're interested in finding out more about our exercise-based scoliosis therapy, don't hesitate to get in touch. You can call us on 0207 488 4428 or submit an enquiry here.

More than 10 million people in the UK are currently living with pain as a result of a musculoskeletal condition, with physiotherapy being recognised as the best treatment option in many cases. Our new virtual presence is designed to give you fast, cost-effective access to your ScolioGold therapist as and when you need it. Our patients travel from all over the world to see us, and for those who are unable to travel to our clinics, we are bringing the clinic to you!

What is Virtual ScolioGold?

Let's face it: sometimes arranging appointments can be a real pain in the back. What we are offering you is an opportunity to get support from your ScolioGold therapist without the need for face-to-face visits, through an online programme which you can complete from the comfort of your own home.

What conditions can we treat virtually?

Our clinic is known for our specialist ScolioGold treatment (tailored for each individual scoliosis patient), which helps patients maintain a more centralised posture during daily activities. Our treatment draws on internationally-recognised techniques for scoliosis correction.

When you are completing your virtual group therapy or virtual check-up appointment, we can see, adjust and tailor your exercises specifically for you and offer you that intensity that may be lacking at home.

However, our virtual treatment is not just for those with scoliosis. We are also able to triage and treat a whole host of common musculoskeletal conditions, such as:

  • Back pain
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Sports injuries

Virtual Group Therapy [£60 for 3 hours]

If you have experienced one of our group therapy courses, you will be familiar with exercising in front of other patients with the same condition as you, and our online group therapy is much the same. The only change you may notice is the size of the group.

Each group will have a maximum of 3 patients per 3-hour virtual session. These sessions will be held from 10:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 17:00 during this period of self-isolation. We pride ourselves on creating bespoke programmes for each patient dependent on their goals, so by capping the number of patients we can offer the best quality treatment for our patients.

Virtual Check-Up Appointments (1:1) [£60 per hour]

Our virtual check-up appointments will run very similarly to how they do in-clinic, and will only be held on a 1:1 basis with your preferred ScolioGold therapist. Our administration team will request only one thing from you: four photographs - one of your back while standing, one from either side in profile, and in the Adams forward bend position. This will allow your therapist to highlight any areas of focus for your therapy.

To do this, we will compare back to previous photos and scans that you have had. Your therapist will then take you through a detailed subjective history - we always like to know how your exercises have been going at home and all the new activities you've been doing, plus it's a good opportunity for you to tell us what you are hoping to achieve from the session (and of course in the long term too).

Once your session is complete, you will receive the following by email:

  • A new check-up feedback form detailing any exercise alterations or instructions for new exercises
  • A new home exercise programme to follow

How do you get Virtual ScolioGold treatment?

Virtual ScolioGold is accessible to all through our website or by getting in contact with our administration team by phone or email. If your ScolioGold therapist feels that you are not suitable for Virtual ScolioGold, we will arrange a face-to-face consultation at your earliest convenience.

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Physiotherapeutic scoliosis-specific exercises (PSSEs) are an increasingly popular non-surgical method for treating scoliosis. PSSEs - so named to differentiate them from non-specific physiotherapy programmes - aim to provide a more functional approach to scoliosis management and improve the patient's quality of life.

Scoliosis PSSE Treatment

The Schroth method

The Schroth method is a particularly well-known type of non-surgical scoliosis treatment. Devised by a German woman named Katharina Schroth, it uses tailored exercises for each individual to help their curved spine return to a straighter, more natural position.

Schroth realised that 3D postural correction could only be achieved through a series of corrective exercises designed to support a corrected posture and alter the postural perception of the individual suffering from scoliosis. Focusing on a number of objectives - including de-rotating, elongating and stabilising the spine on a three-dimensional plane - Schroth exercises focus on restoring muscular symmetry and alignment of posture whilst teaching patients to be more aware of their posture on a day-to-day basis.

Learn more about the Schroth method >>

 

Physiotherapeutic scoliosis-specific exercises

Scoliosis is, of course, a very complex condition. From the rear, it looks like a sideways curve in either a 'C' or an 'S' shape. However, what you can't see are the ways in which the vertebrae in the spine rotate as that curve develops. Spaces between the vertebrae may also become stretched in some areas and compressed in others. For this reason, scoliosis-specific physiotherapy requires a 3D approach to address the curve from all angles and directions.

The extent of the rotation in the spine differs widely from one case to the next; therefore, when treating scoliosis with PSSEs, the exercises need to be tailored to the unique condition of the patient's spine. Exercises can be performed whilst sitting, laying down or standing up, with several props being used to assist such as gym balls and wall bars. Take a look at our video below to see some simple versions of these exercises in action!

These exercises help to promote:

  • Muscular symmetry - The muscles in your back are affected by changes in the curvature of your spine. One side may see muscles weaken, whereas on the other side muscles may be overworked. Therapeutic exercises should seek to address both problems and achieve symmetry between the two sides.
  • Rotational breathing - The Schroth method utilises a unique breathing technique known as 'rotational breathing', where the idea is to use breathing to assist in the de-rotation of the spine, thereby reshaping the rib cage and the surrounding soft tissue.
  • Postural awareness - Being aware of the position of your spine is the first step towards correcting it. Postural awareness is particularly important when it comes to performing day-to-day activities.

 

Treating scoliosis with PSSEs

The Schroth method forms the foundation of the scoliosis treatment courses we provide here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic. However, we understand that there are elements of postural correction that Schroth is unable to address on its own. Therefore, all of our treatment plans are enhanced and complemented by an assortment of other well-established physiotherapeutic techniques from all around the world, ensuring that all aspects of each patient's condition can be addressed effectively.

The result is our internationally-renowned ScolioGold treatment method. Use the links below to view before/after photos or book your initial consultation with Scoliosis SOS.

Photos: Before & After Treatment >   Book an Initial Consultation >

The history of scoliosis therapy can be traced all the way back to ancient Greece.

More specifically, scoliosis treatment has its roots in the 5th century BC and one man in particular: Greek physician Hippocrates (c. 460 – 370 BC).

Statue of Hippocrates

Who was Hippocrates?

The mid-to-late 5th century BC was a turbulent time for the Hellenic people.

From 431 to 404 BC, the country was entrenched in a titanic war between the Delian League of Athens and the Peloponnesian League of Sparta. Meanwhile, Athens was also suffering from a devastating plague, which wreaked havoc in the city periodically between 430 and 426 BC.

In short, it was a dark time for Greece. But this was also the period that gave us Hippocrates, often referred to as the 'father of medicine'.

Born on the island of Kos around 460 BC, Hippocrates was the son of a physician and is believed to have learned the trade from his father. Among his long list of medical achievements, Hippocrates is heralded as the first person to theorise that diseases and ailments were caused by environmental factors and not the result of superstition or an act of the gods.

He's also the namesake of the 'Hippocratic Oath': the pledge taken by doctors declaring their moral and ethical obligations to their patients as medical practitioners.

Hippocrates and Scoliosis

Separating medicine from religion would probably have been enough on its own to secure Hippocrates's place in history, but his achievements go far beyond that. Notably, he was also a key figure in the history of spinal treatment, and he is believed to have been the first physician to focus on the anatomy and pathology of the human spine.

Through his revolutionary study of the spinal structure and vertebrae, Hippocrates's work led to the pioneering identification of many spine-related diseases – including scoliosis.

Hippocrates is commonly credited as the person who coined the term 'scoliosis' and the first to try treating this condition.

Scoliosis

Hippocratic Scoliosis Treatment

From his unprecedented study of orthopaedics, Hippocrates created three pieces of equipment to treat spinal ailments: namely the Hippocratic ladder, the Hippocratic board, and the Hippocratic bench.

Hippocratic Ladder

Intended to reduce spinal curvatures, the Hippocratic ladder treatment required the patient to be elevated and tied to the ladder upright or head down (depending on the where the curvature lay). The patient would then be shaken on the ladder, with the gravitational pull theoretically straightening the spine.

Hippocratic Board

Similar to the ladder, treatment via the Hippocratic board involved the patient being tied to the board; however, this time, the patient was required to be prone, lying face down and flat. The physician would then apply pressure to the affected area of the spine using a hand, foot, or even the entire weight of the body.

Hippocratic Bench

Also known as the Hippocratic scamnum, the bench technique saw the patient lie face down on a bench similar to the board technique above. A smaller wooden board was then inserted into a pre-made hole in the wall, leaving the plank protruding out above the patient's back. An assistant would then apply pressure on the end of the plank while the physician manoeuvred the board along the body.

Like many ancient treatments, these techniques naturally seem archaic, even barbaric by today's standards. Nevertheless, these apparatuses – based on the principles of axial traction and three-point correction – were hugely innovative at the time, and they had a profound influence on the direction of spinal treatment to follow.

Luckily, medical science has come a long way since the days of Hippocrates, and there are now a variety of comfortable and safe non-surgical scoliosis treatments available. At Scoliosis SOS, our team of friendly, skilled therapists offer patients specialised scoliosis treatment that's specifically designed to enhance your quality of life.

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Teenager Scoliosis X-Ray

For many teenagers with scoliosis, treatment options are limited and uniformly unappealing. Bracing, for instance, may help to control the condition, but scoliosis braces can be uncomfortable and they don't actually reverse the spine's curvature (they're designed to prevent it from getting worse).

And then there's spinal fusion surgery, which tends to be the recommended treatment for severe cases of scoliosis. Surgery can be an incredibly daunting prospect, especially for a teenager, so it's no wonder so many young scoliosis patients come to the Scoliosis SOS Clinic in search of an alternative treatment option.

Case Study: Molly, 16 Years Old

Molly came to our clinic because, like a lot of teenagers with scoliosis, she wanted to avoid having to undergo surgery except as a last resort. Molly was diagnosed with scoliosis when she was 15 years old, and she came across Scoliosis SOS while looking online for alternative treatment methods (since her curved spine was causing her pain and she didn't like the way it made her look).

Our ScolioGold treatment programme proved to be the ideal solution for Molly because it gave her the tools to improve her own condition through a set of carefully-chosen corrective exercises. The ScolioGold method combines a variety of non-invasive techniques that gradually restore the back's muscle balance and reverse the curvature of the spine. Learning and practising these exercises in a controlled environment with our expert physiotherapists gives teenage patients the knowledge and skills they need to continue improving their condition long after they have left our clinic.

If you want to hear more about Molly's scoliosis experience, you can watch our interview with her here:

Would you like to find out more about our scoliosis treatment courses? Get in touch with Scoliosis SOS today to arrange an initial consultation.

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